It's going to be a busy Summer of reality TV! Not only will we have the Presidential conventions in Charlotte and Denver, but the Summer Olympic Games in London. It's the 20th Anniversary of the "Dream Team" in Barcelona. Often imitated, never duplicated, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson in Spain was a once in a lifetime event. I had the pleasure of "covering" the Boys of Barcelona and am still awaiting, but not expecting a duplication of the excitement it brought not only the United States, but the World.
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Team USA would be quite a fantasy basketball team and yes I have thought about an Olympic roto tournament with all nations populating the player pool. Does fantasy value translate to hand picked rosters for International play? We display percentage owned (Flea Flicker leagues) following each player on the projected roster.
International play is of course different than US play. Wider paint area, therefore less low post play with increased importance of three point shooting. In recent International play, Team USA (Redeem Team) made adjustments, adding shooters like Michael Redd, but expectations differ for Great Britain. Team USA Coach Mike Krzyzewski will tweak the roster to add more size to compete with the likes of Spain. The EuroBasket Champions are of course led by the Gasol brothers, Pau (99) and Marc (93). Newly naturalized Serge Ibaka (82) adds even more length for the Spaniards. Tournament MVP (former Memphis Grizzlies guard) Juan Carlos Navarro is Spain's floor leader and perimeter threat.
USA Basketball will eventually (June 18) submit a 12 man roster to the International Olympic Committee. SheridanHoops provides us with a projected 19 man roster.
Lamarcus Aldridge (F) (99)
Carmelo Anthony (F) (99)
Chauncey Billups (G) (88)
Chris Bosh (F) (99)
Kobe Bryant (G) (99)
Tyson Chandler (C) (81)
Kevin Durant (F) (100)
Eric Gordon (G) (89)
Blake Griffin (F) (98)
Dwight Howard (C) (99)
Andre Iguodala (F) (98)
Lebron James (F) (100)
Kevin Love (C) (98)
Lamar Odom (F) (68)
Chris Paul (G) (99)
Derrick Rose (G) (99)
Dwayne Wade (G) (99)
Russell Westbrook (G) (99)
Deron Williams (G) (99)
The projected roster consists of only two natural centers, Dwight Howard and Tyson Chandler, and a converted pivot in Kevin Love. Coach K will need to rotate in the likes of LeMarcus Aldridge, Chris Bosh, Blake Griffin and even LeBron James in the low post.
A preliminary 18 man roster must be submitted to FIBA a week from today.
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